How do I know when to stop cutting?

  • geebus

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    Nov 26, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I started dieting correctly and in three weeks went from 12%BF and 176.88lbs lean mass to 10%BF, 169.20lbs lean mass.

    Currently I look like this relaxed: image011tn.jpg
    Flexed: image011cl.jpg

    I'm just a little worried that although I lost a good 5lbs of fat, I have lost 7lbs of muscle along with it. Even though I haven't lost any strength, I'm still worried that I'm wasting away. In any case, I know I should be training to be/feel what I want, but I'm neurotic and a whiney bitch when it comes to my body and I can never manage to see the big picture.

    So should I keep cutting till I see the whole abdominal wall (8 pack) or get back to bulking to avoid any more muscle loss.

    FYI my current daily diet has 2812Kcal, 271g carbs, 32g fats, 292g protein, 20g fibre.
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    Nov 26, 2009 2:03 PM GMT
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    Nov 26, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    Having a low bodyfat over long periods of time is not healthy. A competitive bodybuilder at my gym onece admitted to me that when he's in competion mode he is the most unhealthy.

    My partner tends to keep a low bodyfat athough not 10%. But then again he does't know I put heavy whipping cream in his coffee in the morning icon_lol.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 26, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    I think having 10% bodyfat is awesome, and although you had to sacrifice some muscle in doing so, you can gain the muscle back. Keep the 10%, you look great having achieved that, and continue to try to gain some of the muscle back if you wish.

    In college they would say a normal college aged athlete would have 5-10% bodyfat. an active college aged male would have 10-15%, a moderately sedentary college age male would be 15-18% etc. 15% was the norm for that age group.

    Back when I was in college I completed a Circuit Training course and went from 16% to 10% bf. I saw one of my good friends who was a novice bodybuilder at the gay club and ran up to him and told him the good news that I hit 10% and he was like......."shhhhh.....don't say that so loud...people might hear!" He actually considered anything over 10% somewhat fat because he was like 6-7%.

    I have never achieved anything under 10%........yet.
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    Nov 26, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    Hmm, right now am at almost 7% body fat, which people have told me is not healthy, but my instructor says its good as I love cardio. You look good with 10% keep it to that and muscle will be back soon.
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    Nov 26, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    Shnextdoor saidHmm, right now am at almost 7% body fat, which people have told me is not healthy, but my instructor says its good as I love cardio. You look good with 10% keep it to that and muscle will be back soon.


    Being 7% is very healthy. I'm at around 6 myself... God forbid I hit 10 again...

    NICE job though (to whomever started this). Hitting 10% is a really good achievement!
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    Nov 26, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    I never thought of calculating mine.
    I found 7% yay.
    According to this website, I'm an athlete haha!

    http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php

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  • rnch

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    Nov 26, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    eat and lift hard. .now.
  • geebus

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    Nov 26, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    thanks guys, it seems my direction should be to gain some muscle back whilst minimizing fat gain.

    @Celticmuscl: That sounds like the scenario when I talk with some of my friends, no abs = freak in their books. Hmm...icon_eek.gif

    @Brandon: Cheers mate, much appreciated

    @rnch: yes sir, heading off to the gym now icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 26, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    Ugh, I remember those days. I'm currently at 11% and 186 pounds. About 2 years ago, I was 7% and 150 pounds. It was the only time since I started working out that I've had a six pack...I just don't have the time or focus to put into my diet, and workouts, hell I hardly workout my abs anymore icon_redface.gif Congrats to you though!